The master stroke of Glynis Hyslop, TAF, as it is now known, gives this event and catering maven behind conference firm The Forum Company the chance to dabble in her love of art while putting on a good show.
And this time she abandoned properties in her stable for a novel new spot — the parking lot beneath the newish Joburg hotspot called Oxford Parks, between Rosebank and Illovo, as the locale.
Aware that I had a tight itinerary, PR gal Marina Smithers-Carlaw (granddaughter of the late, great hotelier dame Liz McGrath) was waiting at the entrance to whisk me inside. Picking up a glass of Steenberg bubbly, I meet Glynis in the middle of the venue which, with its white-walled enclaves and passages, looks the part of a spacious gallery space. As we catch up, I spot Greg Maloka, the ex-Kaya FM MD, who tells me he has taken on the musical director hat for the Delicious festival.
Around the corner at a section called Off the Grid, which is curated by Maja Marx and features artists on the rise such as Yonela Makoba and Jeanne Hoffmann, I bump into my fav society dame, Peta Eggierth-Symes with her husband, Peter, who points out the rather phallic shapes of one of the sculptures on the floor.
Next it’s meeting an artist who is involved in a rather large creative undertaking.
Usha Seejarim tells me the massive 19-tonne work she created out of steel tubes in the form of half a wooden clothes peg had just arrived in Houston, Texas, on its way to the Nevada dessert where it will be erected as part of the Burning Man festival.
Half a peg? I repeat.
“I wanted to strip the functionality of it — when you remove one half, it can’t function, essentially,” she explains.
Onto someone who made headlines in the British press last month after suggesting that the statue of wartime PM Winston Churchill should remain boxed up as it was during the Black Lives Matter protests in London.
“I don’t have anything against Churchill,” explained William Kentridge. “I just love the box around him. It suddenly made people think about the sculpture. It made it a question of who he was.”